Seven Benching Sins


What's your bench?" is the most commonly asked question in the gym. It sort of determines whether you're a "macho man" or a "little man". Who wouldn't want to bench 405 for reps? I know I would. What confuses guys is how to increase it. I've talked to guys over the internet about increasing their bench... some have a good idea, others don't.

Some of you are guilty of either one or all of the seven benching sins. I'll explain each one.

1) Maxing out every week - Many figure out that doing their max a lot will increase their bench...WRONG!! This only breaks and tears down the muscles which causes your bench to "drop", which shouldn't have happened in the first place. Your bench isn't supposed to go down. To others, they do their maximum so much, it causes an injury. This shouldn't happen either. Your maximum is a one time deal or "once in a blue moon" thing. Once you do it once, you don't need to do it again, because if you do it hinders your attempts to increase your bench.

2) Doing nothing but chest all the time - Doing your chest three times a week won't make it stronger as well. Your chest can only take so much work and it has to recover regardless if your training three times a week. Your need to work the other muscles that work the bench and beyond. This also causes your bench to go down, which again SHOULDN'T happen.

3) Having a "bench competition" amongst friends Now, I'm totally guilty for the next sin...having a bench competition amongst friends. In the gym, this happens. Somebody starts talking about benching more than their buddy and it starts a challenge. This is also a NO-NO. You don't need to do this and plus it brings your ego down even further. Even worse, someone can get injured. You want to challenge someone, do it at a bench meet. That's the perfect motivation for it. Don't try to prove something to your friends, if they don't believe you can't bench 405 at 18 years of age (I'm exaggerating), then they don't. Prove it to them when you hit 450!!

4) Benching directly to your chest - The next sin causes the rotator cuff injury. When you bench directly to your upper chest, it puts a strain on the shoulders/rotator cuff. When you work up to doing heavier weights, you increase the chance of getting a rotator cuff injury. You need to bench below your lower chest. You get more explosion as well as strength that way.

5) Warming up incorrectly - The next sin happens even to the best of us. When some of us warm up on the bench incorrectly. For example, some do too many reps with light weight causing them to fatigue early and it also causes them to not to achieve their maximal potential. This generates frustration and causes the lifter to give up. This is also why someone's bench goes down. Constant moving on the bench is also a sin. Its not a smooth motion and it can cause injury. Plus, if its causing you to do the "snake" motion, then its too much weight, and that's also another sin. People are not pacing themselves.

6) Using a “close grip” hand position - The next sin is a new one for me. Most people teach this to the beginners which fools them. They start them out with a "close-grip" hand position on the bar, which is outside the spacing on the bar. This is a bench press, and one of the fingers has to touch that spacing. The close-grip bench press is good for only working triceps, it doesn't work the chest.

7) "Snaking" on the bench - The final sin is what I call "snaking" on the bench. This is caused by doing too much weight and also caused by a huge ego. "Snaking" on the bench makes the movement more difficult and it could also cause injury. You don't want that. Drop the weight and the ego and go back to getting the perfect form.

Conclusion Committing one of all of these sins WILL halt your progress and stop you from achieving the biggest bench possible. There is no way around it. If you're guilty of some or all of these sins, you may need to drop the ego and the weight and start from scratch. Once you master the form, your ready to increase your bench.

Dianabol Bodybuilding Benefits, Results and Steroid Side Effects


Dianabol was one of the first steroids ever developed and used by bodybuilders. Its popularity rests on the fact that it is very easily administered and provides solid, long lasting results. This is why it’s so widely used by bodybuilders and athletes alike all over the world. Let’s take a look at why this anabolic steroid is in such demand over other similar compounds. What are the benefits of Dianabol for bodybuilding and how can it contribute to improving muscle mass and toning your physique?

Dianabol is a derivative of testosterone and its chemical name is 17a-methyl-17b-hydroxy-1, 4-androstadien-3-one 1-Dehydro-17 a methyltestosterone. Dianabol, as it is commonly referred to, is a powerful anabolic steroid with moderate androgenic properties. It’s known to have an anabolic to androgenic ratio equal to 90-210:40-60. The chemical formula for Dianabol is C20H288O2 and it has a molecular weight of 300.44mg/mol.

When bodybuilders decide to use a certain steroid, they have definite goals they intend to achieve. These usually include:

• Gains in quality muscle mass
• Increasing muscle strength
• Decreasing excess fat
• Enhancing muscle tone

The main reason Dianabol has become so popular among bodybuilders and athletes throughout the past few decades is that it is very effective in rapidly achieving these goals.

Increasing Protein Synthesis
This multifaceted approach is very effective when Dianabol is taken during a muscle-training phase. It is helps to build up muscle mass and at the same time gives them the desired strength. The reason this happens is when methandrostenolone, the active ingredient in Dianabol, is ingested orally it acts ergogenically on the body.

Because Dianabol is such a potent anabolic compound, when it’s injected into the body it works to boost the synthesis of protein and assists the body to retain nitrogen. This rise in protein levels helps to balance out the nitrogen, which promotes the production of adaptogenic properties in muscles. This allows the body to adapt to a heavier workload and increased exertion, meaning Dianabol bodybuilding cycles act to maintain the acquired muscle protein in the body.

Effects of this Steroid

When Dianabol is present in the bloodstream there is a notable increase in insulin, which is produced mainly in the liver. This provides a soothing effect throughout the body. When Dianabol is administered during periods of extreme stress, RNA is synthesized which brings about lower levels of stress, increased appetite, a relaxed feeling and sounder sleep. These benefits add to the popularity of Dianabol and make the steroid very much in demand in the market place.

In bodybuilders who perform a great deal of hard work physically, Dianabol prevents the body from undergoing catabolic stress. This allows them to do a better workout and then recover more quickly from their very strenuous training regimen. Our recommendations for the best Dianabol stacks and cycle dosages here.

One of the most important reasons Dianabol is so widely used among professional bodybuilders and athletes is due to its ability to provide direct gains in the strength of muscle fibers. It is said that the biggest benefit of using Dianabol is during a time of heavy mental and physical strain, even without training regularly, it helps to retain calories in the body which creates a transitory anabolic state, avoiding the breakdown of protein in the body, into amino acids. This creates strong, firm muscles. Dianabol is active in the body for about 6 to 8 hours. It can continue to be detected in the body for up to 6 weeks after ceasing use.

How Should you Take Dianabol?

Dianabol Bodybuilding CycleThe recommended way to start a Dianabol cycle for bodybuilders is to first take it orally. This will get you faster results. Then combine your oral dose of Dbol with a supplemental testosterone like Equipoise or Deca in injectable form. It needs to be stated that taking any steroid orally will produce more rapid results than if injecting them.

Recommended dosages of Dianabol to notice results within the first 7 days of your cycle should be from 25mg – 50mg a day. There are professionals who started with 50mg a day in their first week, but to be safe and avoid side effects, the smartest way to go is to start using small doses like 10mg – 20mg a day. This can continue for 3 – 6 weeks. Dianabol should cease after 6 weeks because by now the other compounds that you’ve been injecting will begin to show results. There are those who exceed the recommended dosage and take 100mg a day, but in these doses no additional benefits can be seen, even after 6 weeks.

Side Effects Associated with Dianabol

It was developed for use in healthy adult men. If you are shown to be a healthy adult male, maintain a healthy nutritious diet and workout, you will be able to maintain your health while using Dianabol for bodybuilding. Regarding the suppression of your natural production of testosterone and the expected testicular atrophy, you will need to take an exogenous testosterone supplement to combat these side effects to maintain your body’s levels of testosterone. This won’t prevent testicular atrophy but once you cease using all anabolic steroids and all the hormones have totally cleared your system, your natural production of testosterone will resume and as a result, your testicles will go back to their normal size and shape.

Even though Dianabol is a very potent drug for building muscle tissue, it is not the best option for use in pre-contest cycles. The reason is that when Dianabol is ingested, it will start aromatizing and convert to estrogen. This causes the body to retain high amounts of water. The recommendation is that it should be used in limited doses only because if taken at high doses, over an extended period of time, there is a risk of liver damage. Dianabol can also cause an increase in blood pressure if used in higher doses than recommended.

With regard to the risk of liver toxicity, you need to keep in mind that Dianabol is not as toxic to your liver as heavy alcohol consumption. It’s also not as toxic as a lot of the medications sold over-the-counter. However it does have a very toxic effect and this is why using Dianabol for bodybuilding responsibly is extremely important. While using the steroid your enzyme levels will rise, but since our livers are able to rejuvenate surprisingly well, the enzymes will go back to normal levels once use is ceased as long as no other stressors are attacking the liver.

Nolvadex in Bodybuilding


In bodybuilding, Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) is used as both an anabolic steroid cycle ancillary drug and as recovery or as a post anabolic steroid cycle therapy drug.
Nolvadex is an oral anti-estrogen/estrogen antagonist prescription drug. Nolvadex is commonly referred to as an anti-estrogen, but technically it is more of an estrogen antagonist. An estrogen antagonist has a unique way of preventing estrogen activity. What it does is to compete with estrogen at the receptor sites, occupying it so that estrogen cannot bind with it.

Nolvadex is an anticancer drug which is reportedly effective in treating breast cancer, particularly the kind that is induced by estrogen. Its other therapeutic uses include reduction of the risk of invasive breast cancer following surgery and radiation therapy for ductal carcinoma in situ. Nolvadex is also used as preventive drug. It is prescribed in women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer (genetic disposition).

During a steroid cycle, Nolvadex is used by bodybuilders who are sensitive to estrogen buildup. Estrogen buildup can lead to many concerns, foremost of these is the occurrence of gynecomastia (growth of breast tissues in men) and subcutaneous fat and water retention. During PCT, Nolvadex is effective in averting the dreaded effect when coming off a steroid cycle – the post-cycle crash. This is basically losing what you have gained when you’re on a cycle. Bodybuilders, in general, use Nolvadex to block this from taking place.

Here’s the scenario. When a bodybuilder is taking anabolic steroids, the body ceases its production of androgens. When he stops taking them, the body does not immediately resume its normal production of these hormones, resulting to depressed androgen level. When this happens the body compensates by overproducing estrogen. The excess estrogen, in turn, results to can increase the production of SHBG and blocks testosterone-receptor sites. SHBG or sex hormone-binding globulin is a glycoprotein that binds to sex hormones, including testosterone. And so, if there’s an increase in the amount of SHBG in the system it translates to lesser amount of free or unbound testosterone. This means there are two mechanisms by which excess estrogen interferes with the normalization of androgen level in the body.
Furthermore, a depressed androgen level can lead to catabolism. There are many signals that induce catabolism and this includes cortisol, which is considered to be one of the ‘classic’ catabolic hormones. Cortisol plays a great role in protein catabolism, which is the breakdown of macromolecules. Macromolecules include proteins and lipids (fat). When protein catabolism takes place, there is a subsequent loss in muscle gains and strength. Your muscles get leaner because fat, water, and protein substrates break down. However, this is not to say that this is a completely negative effect as some bodybuilders prefer leaner muscles. But for those who are after bulk or mass this poses a problem. This is why Nolvadex is not advised for those whose aim is to gain mass.

Nolvadex is usually compared to aromatase inhibitors like Arimidex; however, there is a distinct difference between these two classes of drugs. Estrogen agonists or anti-estrogens (also classified as triphenylethylenes) do not halt the production of estrogens whereas aromatase inhibitors do quite effectively.

Aromatase blockers or inhibitors halt the natural production of estrogen and therefore tend to completely suppress estrogenic activity, including its beneficial roles in body (metabolism, lipid profile, protein synthesis). This is why many still opt for Nolvadex as an ancillary and recovery drug.

Further, Nolvadex exerts its effects faster vis-à-vis an aromatase inhibitor. Thus, when bodybuilders experience the symptoms of gynecomastia while they are on steroid cycle, they rely on Nolvadex to immediately counter the problem. However, a drawback of this drug is that it exhibits only short-term effects, which means that once Nolvadex intake is discontinued, the same problems can possibly rebound sooner than later. To prevent this rebound, Nolvadex is generally use in conjunction with aromatase inhibitor. Nolvadex can deal with the problem right away while an aromatase inhibitor like Arimidex can work for the long-term results as it reduces the production of estrogen.
Dosage ranges from 10mg – 60mg daily.

Nolvadex is recommended to be stacked with highly aromatizable steroids like Dianabol and testosterone. It is important to start a PCT once you finished a steroid cycle to avoid a dramatic loss of the mass gained. The question on how soon to initiate a PCT depends on the kind of steroids you used. If your cycle is comprised of orals, which have relatively the shortest effect on the body, it is advised to start immediately. Some say PCT can begin as early as the last day of the steroid cycle. If short-acting esters or water-based injectables, PCT is recommended 4-7 days after the last injection. In the case of long-acting esters, it should be around 10-14 days after the last injection.

Side effects are reportedly few and mild with this drug. Nausea, vomiting and hot flashes can be experienced by users of Nolvadex. High dosage can prevent natural testosterone production by the testes. Further, high dosage can be counter-productive; that instead of lowering estrogenic levels, it increases the levels. This is a consequence when the adrenal glands are overly stimulated to produce the prohormone dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA. DHEA converts to estrogen.

How to Use Clomid, Nolvadex and H.C.G. for PCT with Steroid Duration Times.

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Most anabolic steroids, especially the androgens, cause inhibition of the body's own testosterone production. When a bodybuilder comes off a steroid cycle, natural testosterone production is zero and the levels of the steroids taken in the blood are diminishing. This leaves the ratios of catabolic : anabolic hormones in the blood high, hence the body is in a state of catabolism, and, as a result, much of the muscle tissue that was gained on the cycle is now going to be lost.

Clomid stimulates the hypothalamus to, in turn stimulant the anterior pituitary gland (aka hypophysis) to release gonadotrophic hormones. The gonadotrophic hormones are follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH - aka interstitial cell stimulating hormone (ICSH)). FSH stimulates the testes to produce more testosterone, and LH stimulates them to secrete more testosterone. This feedback mechanism is known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-testes axis (HPTA), and results in an increase of the body's own testosterone production and blood levels rise, to, in part, compensate for the diminishing levels of exogenous steroids. This is vital to minimise post cycle muscle losses.

Not all steroids do cause shut down of the feedback mechanism. Everyone is different and you must also take into account how long you have been using a certain steroid and at what dose in order to determine if you need Clomid or not.

Clomid also works as an anti-oestrogen. As it's a weak synthetic oestrogen, it binds to oestrogen receptors on cells blocking them to oestrogen in the blood. This minimises the negative effects like gynecomastia and water retention that may be a result of oestrogen that has aromatised from testosterone. It's effect as an anti-oestrogen are quite weak though, and it should not be relied upon if you are going to be using androgenic steroids that aromatise at a rapid rate, or if you are pre-disposed to gynecomastia. Arimidex and Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) are far more effective anti-oestrogens.

Important note: Clomid does not, as is often thought, stimulate the release of natural testosterone, but rather works at reducing the oestrogenic inhibition caused by the steroid cycle. It does this in a similar manner to the way it and Nolvadex block oestrogen receptors in nipples to combat gyno development, i.e. by blocking the oestrogen receptors in the hypothalamus and pituitary thus reducing the inhibition from the elevated oestrogen. This allows LH levels to return to normal, or even above normal levels, and in turn, natural testosterone levels to also normalise. Inhibition of the HPTA is caused by either elevated androgen, oestrogen or progesterone levels. On cessation of the steroid cycle, androgen levels begin to fall and Clomid dosing is normally commenced according to the half-life of the longest acting drug in the system.

This may also explain the reason individuals often find post-deca recovery more difficult, as the progesterone presence is untouched by the Clomid. We know that Clomid and Nolvadex (being very similar chemically) are both ineffective with regard to reducing progesterone related gyno, so it is reasonable to assume that Clomid has little effect against progesterone levels.

Clomid During A Cycle

When we use anabolic steroids, the level of androgens in the body rises causing the androgen receptors to become more highly activated, and through the HPTA, a signal tells our testes to stop producing testosterone. During a cycle the body has far higher than normal levels of androgens and, as long as this level is high enough, Clomid will not help to keep natural testosterone production up. It will be almost all but completely shut off, in theory. Some heavy androgen users, however, do advocate a small burst of Clomid mid-cycle, though it must be hard for them to say if it really of any benefit, due to the amount of gear they are using. Therefore, the only purpose of Clomid during a cycle is as an anti-estrogen.

When To Take Clomid

The correct time to commence Clomid depends on the type and cycle of steroids you have been using. Different steroids have different half-lifes (indicates the time a substance diminishes in blood), and Clomid administration should be taken accordingly. As we have seen above, Clomid taken when androgen levels in our blood are still high will be a waste. It is crucial to wait for androgen levels to fall before implementing our Clomid therapy. However, if taken too late we could possibly lose gains.

The list below determines when you should start Clomid. Select from the list any steroids you've used in your cycle and whichever one has the latest starting point is the time to commence Clomid. For example, if Dianabol, Sustanon and Winstrol were cycled, the time for administering Clomid should be 3 weeks post cycle, as Sustanon remains active in the body for the longest period of time.
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How To Take Clomid
Clomid has a long half-life (possibly 5 days), so there is no need to split up doses throughout the day. If Sustanon has been used and Clomid is commenced 3 weeks after the last injection, I would estimate that androgen levels are low enough to start sending the correct signals. If androgen levels are still a little high, we need to start at a high enough amount that will work or help, even if androgen levels are still a little high. Try 300mg on day 1; then use 100mg for the next 10 days; followed by 50mg for 10 days.
How to take Nolvadex for PCT
As an alternative to Clomid, which has been reported to have led to unwanted side effects such as visual disturbances in some users, Nolvadex can be employed. Nolvadex is a trade name for the drug Tamoxifen. Like Clomid, the half life of Nolvadex is relatively long enabling the user to implement a single daily dosing schedule. Administration would start as per the timescales outlined above and the duration would be identical to that of Clomid.
Typically, for a moderate-heavy cycle, the following dosages would be used:
Day 1 - 100mg
Following 10 days - 60mg
Following 10 days - 40mg
Occasionally, heavier cycles containing perhaps Nandrolone (Deca) or Trenbolone which by definition are particularly suppressive of the HPTA, may require a slightly longer therapy. Likewise, more modest/shorter cycles may require lower dosages, perhaps dropping each by 20mg per day.
Some users like to use both Clomid and Nolvadex in their PCT in an attempt to cover all angles. An example of the dosages involved might be:
Day 1 - Clomid 200mg + Nolvadex 40mg
Following 10 days - Clomid 50mg + Nolvadex 20mg
Following 10 days - Clomid 50mg or Nolvadex 20mg
Of course, the examples provided are not set in stone and may be adjusted depending on the factors outlined above and individual variances.
Using HCG
It is our opinion that HCG is probably one of the most misunderstood and misused compounds in bodybuilding. Its action in the male body is like that of LH, stimulating the Leydig cells in the testes to produce testosterone even in the absence of endogenous LH. HCG is therefore used during longer or heavier steroid cycles to maintain testicular size and condition, or to bring atrophied (shrunken) testicles back up to their original condition in preparation for post-cycle Clomid therapy. This process is necessary because atrophied testicles produce reduced levels of natural testosterone, this situation should be rectified prior to post-cycle Clomid therapy.
HCG administration post-cycle is common practice among bodybuilders in the belief that it will aid the natural testosterone recovery, but this theory is unfounded and also counterproductive. The rapid rise in both testosterone, and thus oestrogen due to aromatisation, from the administration of HCG causes further inhibition of the HPTA (Hypothalamic/Pituitary/Testicular Axis - feedback loop discussed above); this actually worsens the recovery situation. HCG does not restore the natural testosterone production.
The typically observed dosing of 2000 to 5000IU every 4 to 5 days causes such an increase in oestrogen levels via aromatisation of the natural testosterone that this has been responsible for many cases of gynecomastia.
From the above discussion it is clear that HCG is best used during a cycle, either to:
1) Avoid testicular atrophy, or
2) Rectify the problem of an existing testicular atrophy.
HCG Dosage
Smaller doses, more frequently during a cycle will give best overall results with least unwanted side effects. Somewhere between 500IU and 1000IU per day would be best over about a two-week period. These doses are sufficient to avoid/rectify testicular atrophy without increasing oestrogen levels too dramatically and risking gynecomastia. This dosing schedule also avoids the risk of permanently down-regulating the LH receptors in the testes.
It is important for the HCG administration to have been completed with 6 or 7 clear days before the onset of PCT in order to avoid inhibition of the Nolvadex and/or Clomid therapy. Also, a small daily dose (10-20mg) of Nolvadex would normally be used in conjunction with HCG in order to prevent oestrogenic symptoms caused by sudden increases in aromatisation.
Presentation and Administration of HCG
Synthetic HCG is often known as Pregnyl (generic name) and is available in 2500iu and 5000iu (not ideal for the above doses!). Administration of the compound is either by intra-muscular or subcutaneous injection. It comes as a powder which needs to be mixed with the sterile water. The powder is temperature-sensitive prior to mixing and should not be exposed to direct heat. After mixing, it should be kept refrigerated and used within a few weeks - though there are sterility issues which need to be considered after mixing.
Summary and Presentation of Clomid and HCG
Clomid and/or Nolvadex are more effective than HCG post cycle, but some long-term users like to use HCG during a cycle, or to prepare the testes for Clomid and/or Nolvadex therapy.

Deca Durabolin: The Best For Mass?

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Deca Durabolin, or Nandrolone decanoate, is considered the gold standard anabolic steroid for building muscle with minimal side effects. Deca Durabolin binds with a higher affinity to the androgen receptor than testosterone and is more anabolic and less androgenic. Deca Durabolin less readily converts to estrogen than testosterone and it converts to a weakly androgenic metabolite DHN instead of the extremely androgenic DHT. In a 2004 study researchers determined 200 mg of nandrolone administered for 8 weeks resulted in 5 pounds of fat free muscle, and 3 pounds of water with 0 pounds of fat gained vs a control. These results are less impressive than previous studies on testosterone enanthate or surprisingly a recent study on 1-Andro, a prohormone.

Deca Durabolin is one of the closest anabolic steroids to being purely anabolic. As stated above, it is not very androgenic nor is its metabolite, but it is a strong binder of the androgen receptor so it could cause hair loss in genetically predisposed individuals. These androgenic features could cause acne, as well. Normally a 5 alpha reductase inhibitor would decrease androgenicity but in deca it would not help and could actually make it more androgenic because it doesn’t convert to the weaker DHN.

Estrogen conversion is only 20% of testosterone, but nandrolone binds weakly to the progesterone receptor, 20% as great as progesterone itself. This coupled with the very low androgenic qualities means in deca only cycles you will see dramatic wet side effects: water retention, fat accumulation, gynecomastia, loss of libido, impotence.

To correct this use of a testosterone base steroid or prohormone is necessary. this will provide the basic amount of DHT to balance out androgenic and estrogenic qualities and the testosterone to help with sex drive. The old belief is if you can get away with 200 mg of testosterone for 400 mg of Deca Durabolin you’re lucky, some need to use double the testosterone of the Deca Durabolin amount, so for 400 mg Deca Durabolin you would need 800 mg testosterone.

Dianabol cycle - the guide

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One of the most popular oral steroids available, Dianabol (also referred to commonly as "Dbol" or "Diana") has stood the test of times and remained by far one of the most popular and effective anabolic steroids used by bodybuilders on every level of the experience spectrum.


Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is the name for the substanceMethandrostenolone. Why is Dianabol so popular? This is mainly down to a few important factors; it is an oral steroid so it is very appealing to inexperienced steroids users who do not want to use injectable compounds, it is widely available, it is very cheap compared to other anabolic steroids, and most importantly - it is very effective at causing rapid gains in muscle and strength. Due to its massive popularity we thought it would be great to have an article that will aid anybody that wishes to embark on a Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals cycle.

Although Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is available in an injectable format, it is most commonly used as an oral steroid in the form of a small tablet. Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals has a relatively short half life which means for a user to retain a stable blood concentration level they are best taking the daily dosage split over the course of the day. Splitting the dose of Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is usually easy due to the dosage of tablets available, and it would appear beneficial to consume the dose around the time you have a meal to minimise any possible stomach upsets.

There is another school of thought which you may hear in other articles about Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals and on bodybuilding forums, which is to consume the full daily dose pre workout. This method is said to have the benefit of greater drug uptake, and greater performance in the gym due to the peak in blood concentration achieved during the workout. This method sounds appealing, but we must also remember that this administration regime will cause a greater strain on the liver. This method is still used by many experienced Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals users however, mainly using the drug as a pre workout anabolic. For most users it would be wiser to split the dosage.

The common dose for Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is 30-50mg each day, with a cycle that would usually last between 4 and 6 weeks. 30-40mg would be an effective dose for a person that is new to Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals, resulting in great gains in muscle mass and strength, whilst restricting possible side effects. More experience users may wish to take a slightly higher dosage, although like most other compounds, there is a dosage level where the muscle and strength gains plateau off and the side effects heighten, resulting in a point in which it is not worth increasing the dosage. Most experienced users will rarely take a dosage over 70-80mg per day.

Experienced users may wish to stack Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals with other steroids that are typically used for mass cycles.Testosterone Enanthate and Deca-Durabolin, for example, with a diet high in calories and much needed nutrients for growth. On the other end of the spectrum, many novices start off with Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals as a stand alone for their first anabolic steroid cycle. Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals, a steroid that can bring about great gains in muscle mass, whilst being a widely available oral steroid, is much welcomed by the inexperienced and needle shy user.

Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is hepatotoxic, which means potentially harmful to the liver. Being 17 alpha-alkylated results in a much greater bioactive substance, but we must limit the dose and duration of Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals to not cause any long term damage to the liver. This must also be kept in mind when consuming or administering any other substance that can also result on liver strain, such as alcohol or other hepatotoxic substances.

Androgenic side effects are very possible when undertaking a Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals cycle, so acne and oily skin, aggressivenessand possible male pattern baldness (MPB). Androgenic side effects often depend on the user, and how prone they are to each of the side effects. If you are particularly prone to acne it would be unwise to not expect Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals to have the potential to cause an outbreak, for example.

Oestrogen related side effects are also possible on Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals, sohaving an anti-aromatase and anti-oestrogen would be wiseincase Gynecomastia becomes apparent during the cycle. Gynecomastia is the formation of breast tissue, and is often first observed as itchy and sore nipples in its early stages.

The retention of water is a much observed characteristic of Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticalsl use, with much weight gain in the initial weeks down to the water retention. This can cause a very bloated look, with users appearing puffy, especially around the neck and face resulting in a "moon face". The water retention can aid strength gains whilst on cycle by lubricating the joints somewhat, but users can expect to lose this water weight once the Dianabol by Geneza Pharmaceuticals is ceased.

How to keep Muscle gains from Dianabol cycle

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Dianabol is one of the more popular and well-known orals one can take. But there are often many questions surrounding how to use Dianabol, when to take Dianabol, among other things.

Liver toxicity is a concern when taking orals, but with proper protection and dosing, it is unlikely any harmful situations should arise. Common doses range from 20mg everyday (ED) to 50mg+ ED. The higher the dose generally translates to shorter duration of use. Those looking for benefits in the 20mg ED range can feel safe running Dianabol for around 8 weeks. This is of course a guideline and proper bloodwork should be taken to minimize risk. Those looking for more pronounced benefits, namely strength and pure size, can get away with running around 40mg ED for 3-6 weeks.

Timing can play a large role with Dianabol due to its 6-8 hour half-life. Those looking for mainly strength increases would benefit from taking the majority of their daily dose pre-workout; usually an hour or so before hand. This will not translate soley to strength gains, but moreso than spreading the dose throughout the day. That leads me to the next way of dosing Dianabol. Other users may chose to take 5-10mg every few hours to keep a steady stream of the drug in their system; thus leading to being more anabolic. However, there can be a compromise. Users can also benefit from taking a large portion of their daily dose preworkout and the rest a few hours postworkout. The only disadvantage to this route is that there is not as steady a stream of the Dianabol in your system throughout the day. However, you get the best of both worlds by getting a great workout and being very anabolic postworkout. This will aid in muscle recovery when it is most important, postworkout, and when you should be getting in the majority of your high protein meals.

First and foremost, bloodwork should be kept track of to make sure blood levels remain in a reasonable and healthy range. Although liver toxicity is generally over-emphasized, it still is an issue that needs to be addressed. Therefore, a liver support such as NAC is a great addition to any cycle containing a liver-harsh drug. High amounts of water (ie 2+ gallons) should be consumed daily with Dianabol and other orals. Sodium intake should also be watched more carefully due to the fact that it increases water retention and bloat. That is not something you want alot of while taking Dianabol. Now what about alcohol? It should be avoided at all costs and that's all I'll say on the subject. If you're serious about this then you should already have a good answer.

One should feel the effects (namely in the gym) within the first week of beginning the regimen. Increased blood pressure and intensity are common. Rapid weight gain within the first two weeks are also very common, but don't be fooled. Most of this gain is water based. The "real" gains will begin to show usually after the first few weeks once your body is able to synthesize more protein more effectively, therefore increasing lean body mass. As noted earlier, strength increase is a major side effect of this drug. Therefore, one should pay extra attention on the new weight they are lifting in order to minimize risk of injury of the tendons and ligaments. This is because the tendons and ligaments do not grow in conjunction with the muscles, so as your muscles continue to grow, you are asking more and more from the same tendons and ligaments.

Since Dianabol only cycles are generally a bad idea, it is assumed you are using test as a base for this cycle. Running test for a longer duration than the Dianabol is usually a good idea as your body is still very anabolic and thus, the ability to retain new muscle is increased. This is just a general rule of thumb and does not equate to holding onto any portion of your gains as there are many factors involved. Another factor, and probably the biggest factor, is diet. Diet during your Dianabol use and after will be the biggest determining factor on what you gain and what you hold on to. For the most part, expect to lose ~5 or so pounds once the Dianabol is out of your system. This number will usually be around the same to as much weight (bloat and water) that you initially put on. Your post-Dianabol diet should not differ too much than when you were taking dbol, but increasing calories and protein slightly is usually a good idea. You will need to "eat at your new weight." If you were originally 200lbs and now you're 215lbs, you need to eat like a 215 pounder to STAY at 215lbs. The inverse is also true.

All in all, Dianabol is a great compound and should meet every one of your expectations, but it isn't perfect and considerations need to be taken based on your goals and YOU. Therefore, in order for you to get the most from it, you need to understand what is going on and what you need to do to maximize your results. Hopefully this piece has helped you to do that and has answered any other questions and concerns someone new to Dianabol may have.

Synthol demolishes muscle tissue

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Synthol is no longer a novelty. Some bodybuilders have been injecting themselves for years with a mixture of 85 % MCT oil, 7.5 % lidocaine and 7.5 % alcohol, targeting muscle groups they feel are not growing fast enough. Surgeons are now starting to notice the long-term effects of the Synthol rage: and they are not mild.
Synthol was concocted in the 1990s by the bodybuilding guru Chris Clarke. It’s a ‘site enhancement oil’, consisting of fatty acids that accumulate in the muscle tissue where you inject the oil. As a result muscles grow at a fantastic rate. Bodybuilders like Greg Valentino developed an unnatural physique by using the substance – and became world famous. Peter Hiesinger followed his example – and became ill. On websites like syntholfreaks.com you can see the pics of adepts of Valentino and Hiesinger.

Doctors have already written about the dangers of bodybuilders injecting themselves with oil, but more recently case studies have started to appear that describe the long-term effects on bodybuilders who injected themselves with Clarke’s brainchild years ago. Injected fat, the study has shown, causes inflammations that decimate muscles over time.
This happened for example to the 29-year-old bodybuilder that the surgeon Suleiman Ghandourah of University Hospital Marburg wrote about in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. Four years ago he started injecting Synthol into his biceps, but recently these muscles started to play up. They hurt so much that the man had to stop training, and in the end he was constantly in extreme pain.

The man’s biceps not only looked strange, they felt strange too. It looked as though they had developed holes in them. When the doctors made an MRI scan of the man’s right biceps – which was in worse condition – they saw that the muscle was now made up of separate parts. There was oil between the muscle fibres and the remaining muscle tissue was inflamed.
The doctors decided to amputate the most seriously damaged part of the biceps, a piece measuring 11 x 5 x 5 cm. This helped. Six months later the bodybuilder asked the doctors to perform the same treatment on his other biceps.

Doctors at the Klinikum Rechts der Isar der Technischen Universitaet Munchen published a similar case study in October 2012 in the International Journal of Sports Medicine.  A 40-year-old bodybuilder had been injecting himself with sesame oil for eight years. His arms had become so painful that he could no longer train. Doctors asked for an MRI scan and found over one hundred oil-filled cysts in the muscles spread throughout his body.

The doctors operated on the man’s arms [click on the link above at your own risk]. They discovered to their amazement that the man had almost no muscle tissue left in his arms. His arms were filled with pus and fat. The surgeons removed these, but when they did an MRI scan a year later they saw that hardly any muscle tissue had been restored. Three years after the operation the man was still suffering from pain – and could no longer train at all.

Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) Use and Dosage for Post Steroid Cycle. Estrogen Rebound PCT

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We get an almost daily question which asks us what we suggest for PCT and how the person in question has been told by everybody they must use a prescription breast cancer drug called Tamoxifen to ensure they retain their muscle gains and prevent potential problems with gynecomastia. This article will go into some of the details on why Tamoxifen has been recommended for bodybuilders as well as some side effects that most people fail to understand before embarking on the use of this compound.

What Does Tamoxifen Do?

Tamoxifen is classed as a specific estrogen receptor modulator or SERM. It acts as an estrogen antagonist in the brain and the breast area meaning it prevents estrogen from exerting its normal effect in those areas. With respect to its action in the brain it inhibits the conversion of testosterone to estrogen which during a cycle can mean that estrogen levels remain low. Although low estrogen is often considered advantageous by bodybuilders it should be noted that estrogen helps both with the accrual of muscle mass and also helps to boost libido on cycle. In fact, when bodybuilders use testosterone enhancing compounds and run Tamoxifen alongside it, they often lose out on some of the muscle gains and enhanced libido that normally accompanies testosterone elevation.

Although classed as an estrogen antagonist it should be noted that in some parts of the body Tamoxifen actually acts as an estrogen agonist meaning it actually acts in an estrogenic manner as opposed to how most think of it being which is an anti-estrogen. When it acts in an estrogenic fashion in the liver for instance, Tamoxifen can increase levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB) which acts to bind to testosterone thus lowering free testosterone in the body. Free testosterone is the amount of unbound testosterone in the system and it is the level of free testosterone which is strongly correlated to the positive effects of high testosterone such as increased muscle mass, strength, and libido. By lowering free testosterone, Tamoxifen has the potential to hurt our bodybuilding gains. This helps to explain why we never hear of people using Tamoxifen on a standalone basis (similar to how a testosterone booster is used) and gaining any muscle mass despite the significant rise in testosterone it is capable of producing. Quite simply, a lot of the testosterone rise is cancelled out by the increase in SHGB.

Another negative of Tamoxifen's action in the liver is its ability to suppress production of the peptide hormone IGF-1. IGF-1 is broken down from growth hormone and is considered to be more potent than growth hormone itself for the purposes of building muscle tissue. High IGF-1 levels make a big contribution to the process of building a better physique and the ability of Tamoxifen to suppress IGF-1 levels is another reason why Tamoxifen use tends to be disappointing for the purposes of building muscle mass. In fact, a recent study which showed a rise in total testosterone (they failed to measure free testosterone or levels of SHGB) and a reduction in IGF-1 levels after Tamoxifen usage is a significant indicator as to why it can prove disappointing for the building or maintenance of muscle mass.

The fact that Tamoxifen is referred to as an anti-estrogen overlooks the fact that outside of certain tissues it promotes estrogenic effects. A study showed that long term Tamoxifen use increased serum testosterone levels by 50% which is certainly a healthy increase. However, at the same time serum estrogen levels increased by a massive 341%. In fact, in the control group in this study, which only used Tamoxifen for a week, estrogen rose after just four days. Considering that the subjects in this trial used Tamoxifen at a lower dose of just 10mg it begs the question of what would happen if used at the higher dose typically seen in bodybuilding circles.

Estrogen Rebound After PCT

Tamoxifen is of course frequently used to suppress estrogenic action in breast tissue to prevent gynecomastia for which it can work rather well during cycle. It will not totally eliminate the possibility of gyno though especially with those steroids that act in a progesterogenic fashion for which something that lowers prolactin such as the supplement Vitex will be required.

Assuming though that your cycle went well and you ran a PCT and you battled through the suppressed sex drive, low IGF-1 levels and low free testosterone levels seen with tamoxifen usage. What happens when you remove Tamoxifen? If we consider the study above which shows a profound rise in estrogen in the body during Tamoxifen use, its removal is going to create a situation where we now have high estrogen levels in the body and with nothing to stop this estrogen from causing gyno in male bodybuilders. This creates a recipe for the kind of rebound gyno that you often hear people complaining about on bodybuilding forums. Adding insult to injury, high estrogen levels are suppressive in their own right which can cause delayed progress in the gym when coming off Tamoxifen use.

Other Health Effects
Carcinogenic action - Tamoxifen has been shown in several studies to increase the risk of cancer and is listed as a known carcinogen by the American Cancer Society. A 2006 study in The Lancet showed it increased mortality rate in women using tamoxifen. Studies in rats  add further weight to the argument supporting tamoxifen's carcinogenic potential with up to 80% of animals developing malignant tumours.
Liver damage - Tamoxifen has been studied for its effects on liver for some time with it being linked to fatty liver in women as well as showing an increased likelihood in the formation of liver cancer.
Cataracts - Tamoxifen is acutely toxic to the eyes with more than one report on a bodybuilding forum showing a user who irreversibly damaged their eyesight. Studies support the notion that tamoxifen can contribute to increasing susceptibility to cataracts.
Blood Clots - Tamoxifen usage is recognised as increasing the risk of blood clotting which if it occurs in a major artery or cardiac tissue can potentially be life threatening. For bodybuilders whose blood pressure may be high it makes Tamoxifen use doubly dangerous.
Low libido - As previously noted the negative impact on free testosterone levels of Tamoxifen can cause users to fail to experience the effects associated with elevated testosterone including libido. Compared to other compounds which increase testosterone, tamoxifen users tend to report poorer libido. In addition, the adverse effect on blood clots means it can make erectile dysfunction more likely as well. It is for this reason that many users will employ a testosterone booster in PCT to help address these shortcomings of tamoxifen usage.
Mood swings - Perhaps the most common complaint of all from bodybuilders using tamoxifen or other SERM's during PCT is they cause unbearable mood swings with frequent reports of tearfulness, and depression occurring among bodybuilders. While not everyone gets this it is notable that these effects don't get reported to anywhere the same extent with other PCT products making it feasible that this occurs as a consequence of the rise in serum estrogen seen during Tamoxifen use.
While many bodybuilders see Tamoxifen as an essential hopefully this article helps to illustrate some of the potential negatives associated with its use. While it can be important in particular situations especially if used during cycles of aromatising compounds, it's overuse and usage in pct can cause a host of issues.
A more sensible strategy for prohormone or anabolic steroids users is to employ the use of an aromatase inhibitor to lower estrogen levels significantly, making an SERM less important, as well as addressing other aspects of PCT which are commonly overlooked and discussed in our article on post cycle therapy. Finally, the use of aromatising products should be limited and if these are going to be used an AI as opposed to an SERM is a much better solution for managing estrogen levels on cycle.

For those who insist on using Tamoxifen during PCT it is important this is combined with an AI to help mitigate against the prospect of rebound gyno which could potentially occur with tamoxifen use. In addition the use of a testosterone booster to help combat the deleterious effects of Tamoxifen on libido and mood is advisable with the use of a product such as Activate Xtreme a good tool to address both this aspect and also to boost free testosterone levels which are otherwise suppressed during Tamoxifen use.

Bodybuilding and Weight Loss: Making It More Difficult Than It Should Be??

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For the last several years, I’ve been asked questions thru e-mail and in person about the particulars of losing weight. Being mostly skinny all my life, I never really gave it much thought because in my case, losing weight is easy. I just don’t eat as much and I keep exercising the same or a bit more.
Simple right?
Do we make weight loss harder it should be?
Isn’t it just as simple as:
Food in moderation (calories in vs calories out)
Decent amount of exercise
That sounds easy but to the people I’ve spoken it, it’s much more challenging.
10 Reasons Why Losing Weight Is Harder Than You Think!
Losing weight might be difficult because it extends just beyond the simple act of eating. According to the people I spoke with, many other factors that influence your ability to shed those pounds.
1. Major lifestyle change: As simple as it might sound to just eat less and exercise more, those two things could be monumental changes to a person’s current routine. It sounds easy when you say it but the act of making it part of your life requires some significant effort. Changing habits is hard. Changing behaviors and how you interact with your surroundings is not an easy task.
The Solution: Start off with minor changes like getting up from your desk and taking a short walk. I use the Fitbit to keep a conscious effort of my activity or lack thereof to at least make me aware of my behaviors. Making many small changes over a long period of time leads to a significant effort.
2. Willpower: People fail because they do not have the willpower. The issue here is that willpower is a short-term solution. It takes willpower not to eat a cookie but it takes something much stronger and forceful to make a lifestyle change that includes weight loss. I do not know a single person that has achieved a major life goal thru willpower alone. They WANT whatever it is. The drive of the WANT is much stronger than the drive of the WILL. Most people are not really ready to make the change. They must want it more than will it.

The Solution: Forget willpower. Write down the reasons why you want to lose weight. Do this in private. Do not post this yet (maybe never). When you want something so bad, you will subconsciously do everything you can to obtain that. You must find your reason to want to do this. A good read is The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto. He dedicates an entire chapter to this very subject.
3. Emphasis on frequent eating: There is too much food available to the average person on a daily basis. People are told they need to eat 5-6 times a day (small but frequent meals; grazing, etc). The fact is, you just don’t need that much food depending on your situation. Do you really need 75% of your calories in a day while sitting at a desk job with only 25% left over to spare when you are home or at the being a bit more active? We shifted from 3 square meals a day to 5-6. Are you really that hungry? Do you really need all that food?

The Solution: Find a nutrition program that fits your lifestyle. There’s many options from simple no-brainer healthy eating like Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle to the Carb Nite Solution.
4. Portion control: Over decades the size of a meal has changed. From bigger plates to bigger portions at restaurants. It now takes a conscious effort to not overeat. Maybe your mom always told you to eat what was put in front of you. That makes it harder to control portions when you are given way to much to begin with or you are not in control to begin with of the amount of food you serve yourself. Portions of food have grown over decades and so has the unconscious population. This is part of the larger problem of the obesity epidemic.

The Solution: Become conscious of what you are eating and in what amounts. Initially you might want to track your food. But the very first baby step is to become aware of the problem before making monumental and sweeping changes. Next time you order out, look at the amount of food that is served. Does that seem like a lot and is it more than you need to eat? Cut your plate in half and save the rest for later.
5. Constant attention to everything you eat: Losing weight is made harder when you have to pay attention to every bite of food you consume. People want to be able to eat without having to go thru some complicated formula to figure out what that slice of cake or salad with ranch dressing is going to cost them. Sometimes doing things correctly still does not induce the change in your body you might expect.

The Solution: There’s no way you can just keep doing what you are doing and expect change. But after your initial observations of the foods you eat and in what amounts to become aware of the problem, you don’t need to constantly track every bite of food. You do need to be aware. Over time, your attention to detail will become less and less as you’ll learn how to eat for your specific situation. As much emphasis is given to counting your calories, I do not know of a single human who is successful long term that doesn’t initially do this to get a baseline. I know of several that once they figure out an eating pattern, do not count calories on a daily or monthy basis.
6. Urbanization: The sprawling of neighborhoods has changed how people eat and shop. Instead of going to the local market every day or several times a day, now people shop once or twice a week and load up on food. They buy more than they need. Furthermore the elimination of sports at school because of funding, dangers of a particular sport and fear for your child’s safety (no more walking to school) has made society less active.

The Solution: Find a sport that you and your child can enjoy. If you have no kids, join a gym or a something that involves a group and activity. Walk when you can if it’s feaisable.
7. Frequent weigh-ins: Using the scale as a measure of success and having daily or multiple times per day weigh-ins raises your expectations and dashes them just as quickly if you do not get the results you expect. Society has become accustomed to instant gratification. Send a text and expect an instant answer. The 5 year weight loss statistics are abysmal! Healthy weight loss is a journey. You don’t gain 100 lbs in a decade and expect it to come off in 30 days with a six-pack of abs to boot. But that is exactly what people want and expect. If they don’t lose a 1lb a day, they fret over what’s wrong, why they failed, what supplement they need to take or put forth more effort and revamp their programs. Weight gain didn’t happen overnight and weight loss won’t happen over a weekend.

The Solution: Weigh yourself once a week at most and track the results. This includes body compositon analysis. Do it on the same device and roughly the same time of day. Over time, you will get a very nice visual representation of if your efforts are working or not. There will be less freakouts and more attention to if your efforts are working or not.
8. Food is delicious: And so is wine and beer! One of the reasons weight loss is so hard is that many people like to eat and drink tasty food. It is natural to be resistant to change. Most people do not want to stop eating the things they love. Personally I cringe at the “avoid all processed foods” catch-all phrase that is tossed about. The goal is not to force yourself to eat things you don’t like.

Solution: Get yourself a bodybuliding cookbook. My two favorites are Metabolic Cooking and Muscle Chow. Learn how to make easy and delicious healthier versions of the foods you like to eat. I don’t eat things I don’t like so why should you?
9. You have to make an effort: People are great at making excuses. They underestimate how much they eat and overestimate how much physical activity they do. Most people just are not willing to invest the time and dedication required. They are too busy with life and so they turn to quick fixes. That opens up the opportunity for companies to cash in and promote quick fix weight loss products. They make weight loss sound complicated so that the quick fix solution makes it easy. Get the results you desire without changing your lifestyle (poor eating, lack of exercise).
The Solution: Stop making excuses and find the reason(s) you want to do this. Write down 1 thing you are going to do today to make a change. If that is:
1. get up from my desk every 20 minutes and walk to get water
2. walk around the block every hour
3. drink one less soda
4. add 1/2 the sugar to my coffee
Write down 1 thing, carry that piece of paper. Look at it every day. Tape it to your monitor. When you have mastered that one thing, add another. Pretty soon it will be a list and it those activities won’t be much of an effort anymore.
Recommended App: Lift is a simple way to achieve any goal, track your progress, and get the support of your friends. Check out Lift.
10. Doing this alone: Many people start off a weight loss journey in isolation. Their friends and family may not support them and may even be a negative influence.
The Solution: Having access to a social support group is the key to success. There’s many options for this but one of the best ones that I’m proud to be part of is the Burn the Fat Inner
Circle. I’ve been a moderator there for years and it’s a group of like minded individuals that create a very positive atmosphere for social support regarding weight loss. I think that’s why it’s called the #1 weight loss support community.
Be Fit, Stay Strong!